252 Graduate Programs
2019-2020 USC Upstate Catalog
percent of scheduled class meetings.
CHANGE OF NAME
A student wishing a name change must present to the Records Office proper
legal documentation such as a marriage license, a court order approving
a name change, or a divorce decree in which a name change is granted.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS
Students are obligated to notify the Records Office of any change of ad-dress.
Failure to do so can cause serious delay in the handling of student
records and notification of emergencies at home. Returned mail due to an
incorrect address will result in a "hold" being placed on a student's record,
APPEAL POLICY AND PROCEDURE
The University of South Carolina Upstate is committed to judicious, fair
and impartial resolution of all conflicts regarding student complaints. The
following process is designed to provide an objective review of the student
complaints regarding a variety of academic grievances arising out of admis-sions,
readmissions, assessment of academic records, academic standing, a
variety of academic policies and/or grading criteria.
1. All submissions to all levels of appeal must be submitted in writing
and applicable forms must be typewritten or word-processed.
2. All parties concerned must honor all deadlines and timelines.
3. While the appeal process may result in the recommendation of a grade
change—only faculty who initiated the grade in question shall imple-ment
4. The student may appear before and make presentations to the com-mittee
during the appeal process.
1. Appeal to the faculty member or initial decisionmaker.
2. Appeal to division chair or appropriate graduate administrator. Must
take place within five days of Step 1 decision.
3. Appeal to the dean of appropriate school or college. Must take place
within five days of Step 2 decision.
4. Appeal to the USC Upstate Academic Affairs Committee.
Within five days of the dean's decision, the student must submit in writing
to the chair of the graduate committee his/her intent to appeal. Within 10
working days of receiving the appeal, the Academic Affairs Committee shall
gather all relevant material, hold its hearing and make a report to the vice
chancellor for academic affairs.
The decision of the USC Upstate Academic Affairs Committee is final. All
decisions regarding grade changes at any step are in the form of recom-mendations
only. Only the faculty member who initiated the grade in
question can change grades. Appeals must be initiated before the last day
of the following major semester in which the disputed decision was made.
APPLICATIONS FOR DEGREES
All candidates for a degree must complete the degree application process.
Students may obtain an application for degree from the Records Office.
Submission deadlines are listed on the website.
College work-study and Federal Family Education Loan Programs, which
includes both subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford loans, are available to
students fully admitted to graduate programs at USC Upstate. To qualify,
students must be admitted to a USC Upstate graduate program of study and
be enrolled for no less than six hours each semester. Descriptions of these fi-nancial
aid programs can be found in the undergraduate section of this catalog.
Eligibility for assistance for federal financial aid is determined by complet-ing
a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is used to
calculate the amount a graduate student and family can contribute toward
the cost of education from reported income and resources. The difference
between the cost of education and the family contribution is the student's
financial need. In addition to demonstrating financial need, individual
federal aid programs have specific requirements. Program requirements
are explained in detail in The Student Aid Guide published annually by the
U.S. Department of Education and available in the USC Upstate Office of
Financial Aid and Scholarships.
SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS
Graduate students are required to make satisfactory progress for receipt
of federal financial aid. Graduate students are considered to be making
satisfactory progress if they:
1. are admitted and enrolled as advanced degree or certificate students.
2. meet university standards for continued enrollment in an advanced
degree or certificate program.
3. maintain a USC Upstate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or
higher each semester enrolled.
4. complete at least eighty percent of the total number of hours attempted
each academic year.
Full-time graduate students will be allowed three academic years to complete
the advanced degree. Students enrolled less than full-time will be given
the equivalent of six full-time semesters to complete the advanced degree.
Full-time enrollment is defined as nine hours each semester. Half-time
enrollment is defined as six semester hours each semester. The hours at-tempted
is defined as the number of hours attempted at the end of the 100%
drop period. Incompletes will not be counted as hours passed until a final
grade is determined. Repeat courses will be counted as hours attempted in
determining satisfactory academic progress.
Students not meeting USC Upstate's satisfactory academic progress standards
may appeal to the financial aid committee using the same procedures as
NOTIFICATION OF STUDENT RIGHTS UNDER FERPA
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students
certain rights with respect to their education records. They are:
(1) The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45
days of the day the University receives a request for access.
Students should submit to the registrar, dean, head of the academic division,
or other appropriate official, written requests that identify the record(s)
they wish to inspect. The university official will make arrangements for
access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may
be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the university official to
whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of
the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
(2) The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that
the student believes are inaccurate or misleading.
Students may ask the University to amend a record that they believe is inac-curate
or misleading. They should write the University official responsible
for the record, clearly identifying the part of the record they want changed,